Happy National Day Belgium!
Brief History of Belgian National Day
First Belgian King, King Leopold I
Belgium broke away and gained independence from the Netherlands in 1830, through the Belgian revolution.
In February 1831, the National Congress adopted a constitution.
In 21 July 1831 the first Belgian King, King Leopold swore allegiance to the Belgian constitution in the Saint Jacobs Church on the Coudenberg in Central Brussels. Leopold I became the first king of the Belgians and the leading powers at that time recognised the Belgian independence.
The causes of the Belgian Revolution were mainly the treatment of the French-speaking Catholic Walloons in the Dutch-dominated United Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the difference of religion between the Belgians and their Dutch king.
Activities this year
July 21st is the Belgian National Holiday. From 10 am till 11:30 pm, there will be a big popular feast between the Parc de Bruxelles (Warandepark) and the Place Poelaert in honour of the National Day. Numerous activities and free demonstrations will take place. Entrance for the public: only via the Rue Royale and the Place Royale.
Parc de Bruxelles – Warandepark
Military camp by the 101st Airborne Division
Battle of Waterloo (reconstruction of a bivouac)
Prince Laurent Foundation
Purveyors to the Court
Events for children: small train, old carousel, sports, circus
Traditional Vietnamese art
Concerts at the kiosk
Fair of Sint-Lievens-Houtem
Football with European Futsal Cup promotion and sales of Red Devils shirts
Place Royale – Koningsplein
Experience Brussels! exhibition at Brussels Info Place (BIP)
European village (European Commission with info and events about Europe, 10h-19h)
Church of Saint Jacques-sur-Coudenberg
Army with helicopter, F-16 flight simulator, climbing tower,…
Place des Palais – Paleizenplein
17h-18h: military and civil parade
22h30: multimedia show with a video projection (mapping) at the Palais des Académies – Paleis der Academiën in the presence of the royal family
Mont de la Cour – Hofberg
Place du Musée – Museumplein
Palace of Charles of Lorraine
Rue de la Régence – Regentschapsstraat
Fine Arts Museums
Bruxelles-Propreté – Net Brussel
Ancien Grand Serment Royal et noble des arbalétriers de Notre Dame au Sablon
Visit of the Synagogue of Brussels
Stand of the Walloon Region
Sablon – Zavel
Concerts (Stage of Nostalgie 12h30-0h)
Demonstration of mountainbike trial
SIAMU – DBDMH (fire brigade of Brussels)
Our Lady of Sablon Church
Antique market (10h-21h)
Eagle Brothers (American motorcycles and cars)
Place Poelaert – Poelaertplein
Police village (local and federal police): events for children, police dogs, Death ride (14h-21h),…
Visit of the Law Court (11h-20h)
The feast will end with a gigantic fireworks from the Place des Palais at 11 pm.